Travel How I saved nearly $250 on a one-day car rental by taking a $115 Uber ride
The 9 tricks I’m using to have a five-star vacation (worth $8,000+) for ~$95 per day
I’ve been toying with a trip to California for a while now. As coronavirus restrictions begin to lift in the state, I’ve gone ahead and made speculative bookings. I’ll show you what that looks like below — every single tactic can be used at your favorite destination. If you’re new to miles and points, you […]If you’re new to miles and points, you can use it as a template for your own dream trip. I’ll show you which travel credit cards you need to make it happen. Yes, the credit cards I use to get this trip for cheap do come with annual fees. But I keep them year after year because of their stellar ongoing benefits anyway — so I’m not factoring annual fees into the price of this trip.
It’s no secret there’s a massiveshortage right now.
So, I can’t say I was completely surprised when I went to book a car back toafter visiting family in Dayton, OH, last week and my search on Kayak returned prices starting (starting!) at a whopping $460 for a one-day economy vehicle rental.
I had already been in Ohio for three weeks after a one-week extension thanks to a last-minute opening to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and needed to get home, and had too much stuff (re: three weeks’ worth of baked goods from my mom, clean-out-the-closet junk, an overstuffed suitcase and my pup, Ruby) to get on a plane, which probably would have been cheaper.
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Here's what you need to know if you're planning on a spring break trip to Orlando next week: Renting a car -- if you can find one -- could cost you at least $300 a day. That's possibly more than you'll spend for air fare, hotel rooms or tickets to theme parks. © Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images A Hertz car rental office is seen in Kissimmee, Florida on May 23, 2020. A year ago, air travel came to a near halt, leading to a glut of rental cars. Rental companies parked their cars in unused lots at ballparks around the nation, and cars were rented for a fraction of their normal price -- or sold as used cars.
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Thus, I began my quest for a way home that wouldn’t set me back almost $500.
Securing a car out of Dayton was out of the question. One-way rentals — available only at the Dayton International Airport (DAY) — were too astronomically priced to justify a mere eight hours of use. I figured I might have better luck in a larger market so I shifted my focus to the next closest major city that would take me in the same direction as my final destination — Columbus, OH. Sure enough, cars were pricing out for a fraction of the cost. And by fraction, I mean only $120 — $340 cheaper than the options in Dayton.
But before I could book I had to solve for one last issue: how to get the 70+ miles from my mom’s house to the rental office in downtown Columbus. Despite the distance, I priced out an Uber out of curiosity and found my solution. The fare was only $95 after applying thefrom The Platinum Card® from American Express. Plus a $20 tip for the driver that I paid for with the twenty my mom slipped me on the way out (thanks, Mom!).
Rental car shortage is a boon for Turo, the Airbnb of cars
Rental car companies have been slashing their fleets during the pandemic, but now that travel is picking up again supply is tight and prices are sky-high. That's a great opportunity for Turo, a sort of Airbnb for car rentals — which has been growing rapidly as more car owners use its app to rent out their vehicles. © EnesPhography/Shutterstock Traditional car rental companies recorded massive drops in rental revenue thanks to the steep plunge in travel last year.
That meant instead of spending $460 for a one-way rental out of Dayton I was able to reserve a car for only $120 out of Columbus, plus $95 for the Uber to get there, saving me $245 in the end. Not bad if you’re willing to do a little schlepping.
To pay for the reservation, I used my Chase Sapphire Reserve to take advantage of the .
Theshortage is very real, especially if you are starting from a limited market like I was and don’t have much flexibility in terms of dates and/or are making a close-in reservation.
That said, there are workarounds if you’re willing to get creative. Consider larger markets nearby, and using alternative modes of transportation, such as, to get there. Dig into your for any tools that will help keep costs down, and always remember to use a card that offers to book.
The ‘car rental apocalypse’: Why renting a car is tough in 2021
The pandemic has changed the travel industry in ways we never thought possible. Air traffic is recovering but still down from 2019 numbers, and many countries have kept their borders shut for close to a year now. But there’s another change that none of us thought possible: it’s getting really hard to rent a car. Why …Why is this happening? A myriad of reasons. To start, many rental car companies fell on hard financial times shortly after the pandemic started. This caused these companies to quickly sell large portions of their fleet and cancel upcoming orders. In turn, once travel started to pick back up, they were woefully underprepared for a surge in new bookings.
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